[Market-farming] sweet corn - Bt resistance?
Road's End Farm
organic87 at frontiernet.net
Thu Jan 5 14:14:17 EST 2012
BT kurstaki etc. applied as a spray or a dust is only present in the
field for a short period of time after each application. GMO plants
expressing BT toxin do so continuously throughout the season, and with
probable residue remaining in the field for some time after harvest.
The latter situation is likely to produce resistance much faster.
-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
On Jan 5, 2012, at 2:05 PM, <sunnfarm at netscape.com> wrote:
> I have used BT since 1972 and BT kurstaki or Dipel is just as
> effective today as it was 40 years ago. I can not name a single
> synthetic that has been resistance free for 10 years yet alone 40.
> Bt is a natural product and must have evolved along with the insects
> it controls. That is millions of years of exposure.
> Even before gmo's BT was applied to millions of acres annually
> without resistance. So I don't think there will be any resistance
> anytime soon with Bt corn. Keep in mind that corn worms have many
> host plants to preserve there susceptibility to the toxin.... Bob.
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